Lily you are joy. This time last year we were soaking up our last few days with you before little man arrived. We were stoked about seeing you as a big sister, knowing you would be a wonderful one. We were so right! You have so much love for your brother and it's not just in your words, it's in your actions. You are a servant. You jump at the chance to help us and you do it with enthusiasm.
You are our little entertainer. You love to be the center of attention. You welcome yourself into any adult conversation because you just can't stand to not be a part of everything that goes on. You love all things music and dance, always have. You have quite a wild and creative imagination. You remember everything. You are learning to read. You are hilarious. You are generous. You love to surprise others with pictures you have drawn. You are bright. You are confident. You can be shy sometimes, which we totally didn't see coming.
We think you have your first legitimate crush on a cute little boy named John Tyler. And it might be mutual. The only reason I am putting this here is so we can remember this in several, SEVERAL years when you get married. We are certainly not encouraging it, and I kindly ask my readers that know Lily to do the same :).
You will be FIVE in less than a year. I've said it countless times, but it's unbelievable how fast you have grown. I feel like once you hit kindergarten time is just going to run away from us and it will be your college graduation in a matter of seconds. I'm going to enjoy this last year I have with you before you hit this big milestone.
Lily we love you more than we could ever express to you in words. More than anything, we want you to know and love Jesus. Always know that He loves you with a perfect love, like no other. He is always working for your good and His glory. Trust Him at all times!
Favorite Toys: Plastic princesses
Favorite Movie: Tangled and Frozen
Favorite Show: Bo on the Go
Favorite Chore: Cooking
Favorite Song: Let it Go (are there any other songs?)
Favorite Food: Hootin' Annies (recipe here) and Beast's Quiche (just a quiche with broccoli, bacon, and cheese from her Disney Princess cookbook)
Best Friends: Laney, Dusti Jo, Davis, Logan, John Tyler, Cooper, and Irianna
What You Want to be When You Grow Up: Police Girl
Mommy's Favorite: Your joy and enthusiasm for all things, your servant's heart, your love for Jesus, your wild imagination
Daddy's Favorite: ditto
Scott's Favorite: When you squeal at the top of your lungs
Biggest Challenge: Arguing and talking back, but even that isn't a big deal. You are usually well-behaved as long as you get enough sleep. You also have become a picky eater, which you used to not be.
Make Believe Friends: Toni is the one you talk about the most. Your relationship to her is always changing even though you call her your sister. I laugh every time you talk about "Sister Toni" because she sounds like a nun or a sketchy psychic. The other sister you have is...get this...Dirt Coconut Scott-Kirkland. You don't talk about Dirt as much as Toni, but she hangs around every once in a while.
Funny Moment: When you wrote "Funny Butt Fart" on Grandma's patio with sidewalk chalk
First slumber party with Laney
First homework assignment
Taking care of Scott
Playing with your princesses
You still rub your eyelashes to fall asleep
Still working on riding that bike. It's not your favorite thing to do, but we still encourage it!
Mommy's bundled babies
Those plastic princesses that Mommy spent $2 on. You play with them every waking hour.
Rapunzel hair. Almost an everyday thing for you. Funny, because Mommy used to wear sweatpants on her head for long hair.
You are beautiful! And you look really grown up in this pic, by the way.
With Daddy on Valentine's Day. He took us to the Auburn/Alabama gymnastics meet
Got your shades on at the dentist
Play, play, play
And play some more
Frozen and licking the brownie bowl. There is nothing else this girl needs.
Driving with your buddy in Lowe's
With Logan at your first soccer practice. We won't be doing soccer again, ha! Not your thing.
Where all our warm, dry days are spent
Mommy Daddy kisses are your favorite
Making chocolate chip pancakes
Reading to your brother in the early morning
"Rose from the dead rolls" as you like to call them. You love these so much we don't save them just for an Easter treat.
In the middle of a sneeze. HAHA!
Playing Guess Who. One of your favorite games. Also one of Mommy and Daddy's favorite games when they were kids!
Helping Daddy and TBone with our first garden
Playing with cow poop
You have such a loving heart. Read this post for an explanation of this picture.
You and the fabulous Mrs. Connie at award's day. She gave you the kite award for always soaring above!
Clip on earrings from a yard sale
We celebrated with a donut date!
And I saved the best for last. All the words you can spell (thanks to your dad) written on Grandma's patio. "funny butt fart fog"
Happy 4 1/2 years Lily! We love you!